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The fifth edition of the CEMS Startup Challenge enables 8 startup teams to receive expert coaching on their their startup (idea) and pitch it in front of a panel of corporate partners, VCs and founders.
To watch fellow CEMSies pitch at the Demo Day on November 9, 2021 register for the event below.
Receive mentoring from experienced entrepreneurs
Pitch in front of investors, corporate partners and CEMSies
Prizes for the winning teams & 0.25 ECTS for all participating students
Teams should be composed of 2-5 people with at least one member from CEMS. Both CEMS students and alumni can participate.
We will feature two competition categories to include entrepreneurs at different stages. Depending on which stage you apply for, you need to hand in different deliverables.
Student and/or alumni teams that want to develop entrepreneurial ideas. These teams and ideas are created for the sake of the CSC.
(1) One page executive summary of your startup idea with relevant information included
(2) Thorough illustration of the startup idea based on the business model canvas (BMC template or slide deck)
(3) short pitch video (optional)
Student and/or alumni teams that are already running a startup. These business ideas have been thought through, and teams will often already have first clients or a minimum viable product on the market.
We know that many of you are first time entrepreneurs. use the following criteria as a guide for building your first pitch deck.
Personal and professional diversity, clear responsibilities, passion, motivation, know-how
PRODUCT / SERVICE
Feasibility, innovativeness, problem-solution fit, sustainable value creation
MARKET & COMPETITION
Market size and dynamics, positioning, USP, sustainable competitive advantage
Value proposition, customers, resources, cost & revenue structure
Milestones, go-to-market strategy
The fourth edition of the CEMS Startup Challenge took place on November 11, 2020. At the final pitching event, slected CEMS student and alumni teams had the opportunity to pitch their business ideas in front of a panel of corporate partners, VCs and founders.WATCH THE RECORDING
Co-Founder at FoundersLane & FightBack
"Entrepreneurship & CEMS Impulse Talk"
Co-Founder & CEO at Penta
"How to raise your first million"
CFO at VIU Eyewear
"Easier said than done – Learnings from our path to becoming an omnichannel player"
Christian K. Winkler
Partner at ASC Impact Fund
Previously: Partner at BtoV Ventures
Advisor to a Fund of Funds
Principal at 3VC (formerly capital300)
Principal at BV Ventures
Founding Member of WIF
Member of Shaper Impact Capital
Managing Director at World is a Village
Selection Board at STATION F
Receive feedback from seasoned entrepreneurs, investors and previous participants - all CEMSies.
Co-Founder & CEO
Co-Founder & Fund Manager
Co-Founder & Managing Partner
Co-Founder & CEO
Oxygen at Work
Consultant Business Building
Niels van Deuren
PortfoLion Capital Partners
Startup Business Development Manager
Amazon Web Services
You are an experienced entrepreneur, investor or innovator?BECOME A MENTOR
Get in touch! We would love to have you on board and provide valuable feedback to the participants.
The CEMS Startup Challenge is organized by CEMS Entrepreneurs, a group of CEMS students and alumni that are passionate about promoting entrepreneurship within CEMS and making the value of the CEMS network available to founders.LEARN MORE